Kenny Brown at the 2010 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

Kenny Brown learned how to play guitar from Joe Callicott and R. L. Burnside. His guitar accompaniment was an important part of the sound of R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough popularized by Fat Possum Records a few years ago. Now that both Burnside and Kimbrough have passed on, Kenny Brown plays and records with his own band. He also hosts the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, an annual festival in rural Potts Camp, MS that showcases music from the hill country of north Mississippi.

My wife and I attended the 5th annual picnic recently. Cindy took a lot of still pictures and I shot some video. Here’s a video with Kenny doing a hill country classic, “Miss Maybelle.” Kenny’s band is joined by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes.

Here’s another R. L. Burnside tune:

And here’s a video with Kenny doing a song originally by Buster Brown which was popularized by Fleetwood Mac. He’s joined on guitar by Duwayne Burnside, son of R. L. Burnside.

Information about the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic can be found here:

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